For the writer to decry long-termism is proper bollocks. Cricinfo are always calling for a longer-term, less financial take on cricket. When someone does it, they call for more short-term thinking.
The stats about Strauss are telling: In victories he averages 60 in the last year, in draws 58, and in defeat 12. England need to learn to live without Strauss just as they have learned to live without Pietersen.
His place at the top of the order will go to Carberry, although I'd prefer Denly myself. I just hope Carberry can catch at slip.